ka·​bo·​cha kə-ˈbō-chə How to pronounce kabocha (audio)
variants or kabocha squash or kabocha pumpkin or less commonly kobocha or kobocha squash or kobocha pumpkin
: a winter squash (Curcubita maxima) of Japanese origin that is round with somewhat flattened top and bottom, typically dark green skin usually streaked or mottled with pale green, and yellowish-orange sweet flesh
Scoop the squash from its rind. There's no need to be too careful; kabocha squash skin is thin and easily eaten.The Chicago Daily Herald
Kabochas make a lovely table decoration until they're cooked.The Grand Rapids Herald Review
If you don't have access to kabocha pumpkin, which can be found at the State Farmers Market, it can be substituted for butternut squash or canned pumpkin puree …Brigid Washington

called also Japanese pumpkin

Word History


borrowed from Japanese, "kabocha squash, pumpkin"

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kabocha was in 1884

Dictionary Entries Near kabocha

Cite this Entry

“Kabocha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kabocha. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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